Julia Ren wants to communicate one message: she is thrilled to have won the OzTREKK survey scholarship!
The Bond University Master of Communication recently completed an OzTREKK survey which means her name was put in a random draw to win a second $500 OzTREKK scholarship.
When she found out she won, she says she was both surprised and grateful.
“I really did not expect this would happen to me!” she says. “I jumped up and down with joy and called my parents and friends back in Canada to share the good news!”
She has settled in well on campus, and says she is really enjoying the Bond University Master of Communication program.
“I really appreciate how well equipped the university is and how interesting and useful my lecture materials are. All my professors are very easy going and helpful, they know me by name!” she exclaims. “The class sizes are small so that it is easier to participate in discussions during lectures. Professors are very approachable and willing to provide guidance on assignments.”
She adds that she looks forward to completing internship opportunities and gain work experiences while completing the degree.
She said the one component she wishes Bond University would change is not to mix undergraduate and postgraduate students within the same class.
“I think it is a bit unfair for a postgraduate student to have to do a group project with an undergraduate student who does not have the same level of academic training,” she says.
Since she started the Bond University Master of Communication program in September, Julia has adapted well to life in Australia.
“I love studying at Bond University and I have met so many friends from all over the world. I really enjoy the social aspect of my university life as well,” she says. “There are always so many social events I can participate in and as one of my professors once told me, at Bond, we work hard, and we play hard!”
Julia has also travelled throughout Australia.
“I went to Sydney during my first week in Australia and it is beautiful and very similar to Vancouver,” she says. “Also, I went to Byron Bay after the midterm season. The weather was really nice and I had such a blast on the trip!”
She says that without OzTREKK’s help, she may not even be in Australia.
“Given my circumstances, I needed a lot of help with my visa application. There was a point that I almost gave up on going to Australia because I was having such a hard time,” she says. “But it was Matt and Cathy who supported me, and helped me sort everything out step by step. I will be forever grateful for what they did, because I am now having the best time in my life in Australia.”
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